Transferring theoretical knowledge into practice plays an important role in teaching and training. Some fields (such as medicine, emergency services, or the military) can use simulation centres to train skills in an environment that is typical for that field. For example, modern audiovisual technology transports medics to a hospital environment or to an accident site, so that they can practice rescue operations.
Ambulance, ICU, block of flats, helicopter or wrecked vehicle. These can all be places where doctors, firefighters or rescuers find themselves in the course of their profession. The simulator is a faithful copy of the location, set in the safety of the simulation centre. Students will try out the theoretical knowledge they know from lessons on the simulator. However, the advantages of the simulator will also be appreciated by experienced professionals, as they can try out new procedures and verify them before using them in the field.
People are no longer used for patient rescue training; their place is taken by electronic manikins that faithfully simulate a person and their vital functions. The manikin reacts to the activity during the training and gives the trainer a whole range of data such as ECG, EEG and other information. The trainer can also set the manikin to have an unexpected reaction in the form of shock or collapse.
The simulation centre is equipped with a camera system that captures the simulator from different angles. At the same time, the activity in the simulator is recorded by motion microphones so that the trainer can hear the reactions of the participants or communicate with them using the intercom. All events in the simulator are recorded on the server for later evaluation as part of the debriefing.
After the training, the participants meet with the trainer and go through the entire exercise together. On the server, the trainer can play the complete recording and show any errors. Data from the manikins is also stored on the server so that the recording can be synchronized with the patient’s response to a certain procedure or medication.